Edgecombe Democrats seek chairman’s ouster By JOHN H. WALKER Staff Writer May 21, 2020

imageA petition to remove Roosevelt Higgs as chairman of the Edgecombe County Democratic Party will be heard by state party officials.

On Wednesday, state Democratic Party Executive Director Meredith Cuomo told the Telegram, “The (state Democratic Party) is taking these calls from our fellow Democrats very seriously. In line with the (state) Democratic Party Plan of Organization, the statewide party officers unanimously determined that the matter will proceed to a hearing. The Council of Review, a diverse group of Democrats representing each North Carolina Congressional District, will hear the matter in the very near future.”

The petition is the second time in as many years that a petition has been filed with the state party seeking Higgs’ removal as party chairman.

In his letter, Dancy wrote, “Higgs was calling around saying the convention was canceled because he was refusing to participate and cooperate.”

Dancy also referenced a conference call that he initiated with state party officials: “I have some concerns that Edgecombe County Chair Rev. Roosevelt Higgs refused to participate and to cooperate with the state Democratic Party Chair Wayne Goodwin and Political Director Lorenzo Pedro on a conference call on Monday, April 6.” (Read more)

Female Democrats Petition State To Remove Local Chair By VAN HOLLAND – Editor Thu, May 14, 2020

The Political Agitator’s response: I wonder who submitted this to the Tar River Times. Oh I bet Rev. Roosevelt Higgs. Can’t wait to see how this unfolds. Been a long time coming. Well The DCN News Blog Online TV has captured his ignance for years on video and has challenged him nearly every meeting but you have some Democrats that goes along with his mess. Many of the videos and audios of this ignant can be found on my YouTube page. He should have never been in office since the 1999 flood because he has not lived in Speed and it is a fact that he lived in Tarboro at the E. L. Roberson Center with his mom who moved there after the flood. Those who have supported his mess are just as guilty as he is of neglecting the party. For me it should not have to take the local party to remove him because he has disrespected the NC State Chair and the State Office of the NC Democratic Party. We shall see how the NC State Democratic Party move forward with this mess.

Five female Democrats in Edgecombe County have filed a petition for the second consecutive year with the North Carolina Democratic Party (NCDP) regarding complaints against local party Chair Roosevelt Higgs.
In the newest petition, a 30-page document, the petitioners are requesting that due to displays of his behavior, Higgs is in violation of the party’s Plan of Organization (POO) and that should lead to his immediate removal as Chair of the Edgecombe County Democratic Party.
“His conduct in wantonly disregarding his duties is such that he should be banned from ever holding office in the Party in the future,” the petition states.The petition also states that in the POO, “any officer or committee member of the Democratic Party at any level… who refuses or fails to perform his or her duties… may be removed from office.”
The five female petitioners are; Sarah Peveler, who is the President of the Democrat Women of Edgecombe County, Deborah Jordan who is the Chair, of the Edgecombe County African American Caucus, Linda Goines who is Vice Chair for Precinct 1-4 in Tarboro, Janice Bulluck who was former Chair of Precinct 12-3, and Judith Moss who is Vice Chair for Precinct 1-2 in Tarboro.
In 2019, Peveler sent a petition to the NCDP to try and have Higgs removed from the party but that petition went unanswered, according to the new petition that was filed just recently by the five women.
In the new petition, it states that the 2019 Edgecombe County Convention was improperly conducted without proper notice and multiple voting irregularities, and part of the new petition is meant as an addendum to and renewal of the 2019 petition. And in the last section of the grievance of the new petition, it states that “Had the 2019 Petition been properly resolved the current petition may not have been necessary.”
The new petition claims that Higgs violated the POO and has a pattern of failing to carry out his duties as Edgecombe County Party Chair.

Read the rest of this story in our May 14 edition. (Tar River Times)

 

Open Letter To Edgecombe County Democratic Party & The NC State Democratic Party Headquarters

I have some concerns that the Edgecombe County Chair Rev. Roosevelt Higgs refused to participate and to cooperate with the NC State Democratic Party Chair Wayne Goodwin and Lorenzo Pedro Political Director on a conference call on Monday April 6, 2020. Higgs refused to send information to the State that consisted of the Edgecombe County Precinct Chairs, County Officers and County Elected Officials and sustaining funds.

The reason there was a conference call on Monday April 6 was because I had contacted Goodwin. Higgs was very disrespectful to many on the call especially Deborah Jordan, Sarah Peveler, Goodwin and myself. Higgs refused to respond to questions and refused to send information to the State Headquarters. Higgs did not send information which is names and monies sent to him to be sent to the state in 2019 when he was elected and again this year March 2020. Higgs was calling around saying the Convention was cancelled because the was refusing to participate and cooperate.

On Tuesday April 21, 2020 I went to Office Depot and scanned and emailed 15 pages that included the party information that Higgs gave us during the meeting in December 2019 when we met and appointed the Register of Deeds to replace the unexpired term of the Democrat that retired. This information was never sent to the state from the 2019 convention. I also sent in another 5 pages for my precinct delegates to the convention. Lorenzo said he would enter the information in Vote Builder.

The State reached out to 1st Vice Chair Martha Knight Johnson to preside over the convention and she was to contact County Democrats to make sure precincts were registered for the convention. She contacted who she wanted to. Johnson called me on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. On Saturday morning I asked for the agenda and the slate of officers she said she had for the appointments and she didn’t respond.

During the Convention the agenda did not include the minutes from the 2019 Convention and the Treasurer’s Report. Johnson said she asked that Viola Harris help the secretary with the meeting and I asked why. Again the secretary not allowed to do her duties without Higgs or Johnson intervening.

Johnson did not tell the precinct chairs what was on the agenda and if I had received it I would have questioned before the meeting opened why the minutes and the treasurer’s report was not on the agenda. When I seen it when it came up on the presentation I didn’t say anything because I was going to see if anyone else were going to say anything.

Johnson presented the slate of names for the committee appointments and they were all of the folk she handpicked including her name for an appointment. It is clear she had contacted the other 5 and they all had agreed to serving. I questioned the process and disagreed with it.

What happened at the county convention on Saturday April 25 is similar to what Higgs would have done if he had chaired the meeting.

It is sad that the Edgecombe County Democratic Party Executive Committee members go along with whoever the chair is presiding and do not question mess. The Edgecombe County Democratic Party is and has been dysfunctional for the past 6 plus years.

My question is how will the NC State Democratic Party address Rev. Roosevelt Higgs refusal to cooperate and participate in the County Convention. He refused to send the names and monies to Raleigh that supposed to have been sent within 5 days.

I am requesting that Rev. Roosevelt Higgs Chair, 1st Vice Chair Martha Knight Johnson, 2nd Vice Gladys Shelton whom was appointed after the convention because the Democrat that was named didn’t accept and Higgs appointed Shelton. An election for the 2nd Vice Chair should have been held per the Plan of Organization and also Bronson Williams 3rd Vice Chair. It is time for some new officers so that the party can move forward.

Curmilus Butch Dancy II 
Edgecombe County Democratic Party Executive Committee
Pinetops North Carolina

Edgecombe County Democratic Party County Convention Rev. Roosevelt Higgs Not Participating So 1st Vice Chair Martha Johnson Will Preside

Convention to be held online Saturday April 25, 2020

The Edgecombe County Democratic Party, along with other NC counties, will be holding its virtual Democratic convention on Saturday, April 25.

For good cause and at my direction, the 1st Vice Chair will preside during the county convention call and Chairman Higgs will not preside. (Higgs has also indicated he will not participate or cooperate.)

Further, NCDP Political Director Lorenzo Pedro will be assisting and coordinating the conference call for the convention. His email address is lorenzo@ncdp.org. Look for more information soon.

All delegates elected at precinct meetings and precinct officers are REQUIRED to register HERE >> https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_I8cz7-l-TFCVigBY0Jt4qQ 

Because we are unable to obtain all delegate information from Chairman Higgs, I ask that you please SHARE this registration information and link with local Democrats and Edgecombe County Democratic leaders. If you have precinct info, then please contact Lorenzo about how to obtain it. Thank you.

Respectfully,
Wayne Goodwin
Chairman, NC Democratic Party

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In Response To Dr. Florence A. Armstrong Calling Democrats Stupid

The Edgecombe County Democratic Party meeting on Monday was a set-up by Rev. Roosevelt Higgs and a couple of others. Funny as hell how they talk s about him but then team up with him to carry out mess. I ain’t ignant to what went down and was communicating with folk as the meeting was being set up in the last hour.

I am going to talk about what I witnessed from the time I arrived since the meeting was supposed to have begun at 6 but was already in motion when I arrived around 5:50.

Commissioner Viola Harris questioned the process and damn Dr. Armstrong jumps up and say chair I can speak for myself and began her spill which was a half-truth because I know the story. Not going into further detail but I can.

Towards the end of the meeting after I made the motion to accept the 3 names by acclimation, Dr. Armstrong did another spill. She was addressing Commissioner Harris in both spills because my video doesn’t lie and I know that story as well.

However, Dr. Armstrong was not only addressing Commissioner Harris, she was also addressing others including myself when she said although we voted her in the whole thing was just stupidity. Well Dr. Armstrong I will be the 1st to admit I can be an ignant ass whole depends on who I am dealing with. I didn’t want to vote for you, but I had no choice. Hell, none of you asked me for my vote because I was not there when the meeting began, and no one called me over the weekend.

Dr. Armstrong I found it quite interesting that you would make a statement that you would vote against Democrats just because you were mad that Commissioner Harris, Tarboro Town Councilwoman and myself challenged the damn process. But you ain’t the only that has a problem with Commissioner Harris and me. However, just like I don’t give a damn, I am quite sure Commissioner Harris feel the same.

Dr. Armstrong you talked about folk not supporting you when I used to attend the board of elections meetings, but hell when it got to the point ya’ll were not meeting because of the issue with them ignant Republicans who changed the makeup of the boards of elections across the state.

I work a real job working 8 – 10 hours a day leaving home between 4:30 am and 6:15 am and arriving back at home around 9 pm – 11 pm many days because of attending meetings. I try to attend as many meetings as I possibly can and video them so that folk that can’t attend can see what happens for themselves. I post the meetings on YouTube and I do all that I do out of pocket. Not only do I have to deal with ignant ungrateful black folk, but I have to deal with ignant racist white folk.

I have paid my damn dues even if I chose not to attend another Democratic Party meeting along with other meetings. I refuse to allow anyone to make me look ignant because I do my homework and will challenge any damn body when it comes to politics.

You know me and I know you so enough said.

I am the Professional Political Agitator!

See article in the Tarboro Telegram, “Democrats bicker over board picks.”

See photos and videos of the meeting this past Monday night, “These Ignant Democrats Lawrence Taylor Chair Edgecombe County Democratic Party & Rev. Roosevelt Higgs Precinct Chair Want Some Attention So I am Going To Give Them Some.”

These Ignant Democrats Lawrence Taylor Chair Edgecombe County Democratic Party & Rev. Roosevelt Higgs Precinct Chair Want Some Attention So I am Going To Give Them Some

Click On This Photo Featuring Lawrence Taylor To See More Photos & To View The Video Of The Meeting

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The following is why the Edgecombe County Democratic Party is dysfunctional.

The following documents shows that Lawrence has had the following Precinct Packages since early January almost a month ago, but he didn’t have the audacity to call a meeting with the party to pass out the packages to the precinct chairs. A meeting should always be called in January.

The meeting on Monday night was held only because Lawrence had the names he wanted to be appointed to the board of elections and had been in touch with the state by the original deadline. 
Higgs got involved because Lawrence didn’t consult with the chairs before sending the names to Raleigh. Higgs was trying to get Rev. Thomas L. Walker’s name on the list as well as the Democratic Women had Dr. Margaret Sowerwine’s name added to the list removing Donacine Vandelli and I heard it was a story behind that name. I didn’t receive a call from anyone that was on the list other names being Dr. Florence A. Armstrong and John Wooten. Florence and John were on the board until boards of elections across the state were dissolved by the ignant ass Republicans who created a mess trying to combine the board with the board of Ethics. So therefore, I didn’t go to the meeting with an agenda but just to see what the hell was going to go down since I was in conversations with some folk over the weekend about the meeting on Monday.

The meeting was supposed to begin at 6:00 but Higgs scheduled it for 5:30 saying just to get the folk there on time. However, the Plan of Organization states the following about Precinct Meetings: Weekday precinct meetings shall begin no earlier than 6:00 PM and no later than 7:30 PM. Weekend meetings shall be held between the hours of 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM. I understand this was not a precinct meeting, but this meeting should not have begun before 6. When I arrived around 5:50 Rev. Walker was speaking, and Lawrence followed him saying you have heard all of the candidates.

See the drama in the video from the time I arrived.

After the meeting Rev. Higgs gave me my precinct package not the chair or other county officers. So why have Higgs been giving out precinct packages? I did hear that Lawrence was hand delivering packages to certain folk.

The Edgecombe County Democratic Party has no P.O. Box or should I say an official address. So therefore, how in the hell can you send your packages in after the precincts meet?

See the not written on the document below showing how much my precinct dues are and tell me to send to the treasurer. Really no damn address but didn’t say anything about sending the entire package to the chair Lawrence because we normally put everything in the package and mail it to the party address.

What tickles the hell out of me is how the Democrats in the room allow this ignant mess to go on. The few Democrats that ask questions are looked at like we are the problem and it has been said that we are the problem. Well I have been doing the same damn thing I did on Monday ever since I have been in the party, so I didn’t just begin on Monday. It is documented in my videos, the minutes and the media.

So, Democrats what are you going to do with your precinct packages after you meet? Where are you going to send them? Oh, you can just wait until the convention. Well the ignant chair didn’t even announce when the county convention date and location.

I am waiting on the county convention to see who the new chair and county officers will be. The ignants Lawrence and Higgs didn’t talk about that so they can play games. Higgs been calling around talking about he is running for chair, but he isn’t doing anything but trying to see what folk going to say about who may be running so he can try to run someone against them.

Democrats you’ll better wake the hell up and stop being bamboozled by the ignants Lawrence and Higgs because I don’t dance to their tune. Keep on being silent. Your silence validates these ignants mess for some folk be not for me because I have no problem with standing alone because I know I am right about it.

In my closing, a reminder: I am for justice no matter who it is for or against! I have no permanent friends no permanent enemies only permanent interest!

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Edgecombe County Democratic Party County Officers (6) That Took Office In 2017 You Need To Resign Effective Immediately

Last Tuesday there was an Edgecombe County Democratic Party meeting held in Rocky Mount at Edgecombe Community College. All of the members that make up the county officers which is a total of 6 need to resign effective immediately so that party can move forward cleaning up mess and also working towards the November General Election.

I did not attend the meeting because I had already had another meeting on my schedule. However I would not have attended anyway because I wanted to see how the meeting goes without me present. I strongly feel the Edgecombe County Democratic Party should not meet about anything other than to remove all the county officers left. Attorney Jim Marrow has not been to a meeting in a little over 1 year. The secretary Pastor Yvette Hart-Brown has resigned. The other officers Chair Lawrence K. Taylor, 1st Vice Martha Knight Johnson, 2nd Vice Dr. Glenda L. Knight, 3rd Vice VACANT, Secretary VACANT and Treasurer Stephanie Hunter all need to resign. I had said a couple of the officers may could stay on but after learning about the conversations in a county officers meeting a couple of weeks ago and the meeting this past week, I have come to the conclusion that all of them need to go. I don’t need to go into any detail why because I have been talking about the problem with the party for over a year.

I commend those who stood up to the chair Lawrence K. Taylor and Rev. Roosevelt Higgs who has been a distraction over the years as ya’ll shut them down during the meeting on Tuesday because there was not a quorum. Hell that has been the case in the majority of the meetings.

Well folk can’t say I was the problem during the meeting on Tuesday since I was not there. If folk had supported me when I questioned the chair Lawrence K. Taylor about the agenda, the minutes and the treasurer’s report we would not be at this point. But you see when you allowed him to carry on the meetings and not demand he provide what I asked, then he was telling everyone that he had the support of the party. He was running around trying to discredit me and Stephanie trying to turn folk against us. Hell he ought to been trying to come up with the money he has spent. Well I hear he did try to come up with it because trying to get folk especially elected officials to just donate money to him to put in the treasurer.

I am so embarrassed because I have never seen the Edgecombe County Democratic Party out of compliance. Yes we have had to fight over the years especially dealing with racial tensions but we got pass that and the party began to reflect the makeup of the county. But then we have had Rev. Roosevelt Higgs and Lawrence K. Taylor to take the party to hell just like that guy and his trummies in the Shit House doing to America.

Well I hope my fellow Democrats will stop wasting time and go ahead and ask the officers to resign and if they do not to file a petition with the State Democratic Party to seek to remove them.

Not only are we suffering as the Edgecombe County Democratic Party but do you not understand the real effect of what this is doing to the county? Do you think elected officials locally and statewide are going to take our party serious? Ain’t nobody going to invest any funds to the party and also they ain’t going to work through the party to get anything done.

I will be waiting for my fellow Democrats that want to get the party back on track so until that time I am going to just ride out the storm.

I do want to remind ya’ll that as long as I continue to be a precinct chair which makes me a part of the Edgecombe County Democratic Party Executive Committee I am going to continue to hold everyone accountable because we all are accountable for the actions of the party. I have spoken out against the mess and will continue to speak out.